Greenhills Memory Gardens

When you choose to make burial arrangements, we hope you will choose Greenhills Memory Gardens. Our professional staff members believe personal attention and genuine care are the most important services that can be provided. Whether you are in need of immediate assistance or are simply interested in the many preplanning options available, you will find that we always go the extra mile to provide special assistance and answer any questions you may have. Greenhills Memory Gardens, consisting of 30 acres with seven gardens and four mausoleums, was founded in 1958 to meet the needs of the Claypool Hill community and surrounding areas. Greenhills offers families many burial options, including traditional ground burial, lawn crypts, mausoleum crypts, private mausoleum estates and cremation memorialization. Future expansion will allow Greenhills Memory Gardens to continue for generations to come. PhotoWhether you need immediate assistance or have questions about one of our affordable prearrangement plans, our knowledgeable staff members are here to help. We offer The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility. At Greenhills Memory Gardens, you will find that we are caring for people and making a difference.


Our Obituaries

Dalice Herrel Hess

August 1, 1929 - December 29, 2011

Dalice Herrel Hess Dalice Herrel Hess, age 82, of the Road Ridge Turnpike section of Raven, VA passed away Thursday, December 29, 2011 at his daughter's home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Red Ash, VA and was the son of the late Joseph Clyde and Polly Prater Hess. Dalice was a graduate of Richlands High School. He was in the U. S. Marines during the Korean War, before returning...
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Ola Gay Strouth

December 27, 1938 - December 17, 2011

Ola Gay Strouth Mrs. Ola Gay Strouth, age 72, of Swords Creek, Virginia passed away Saturday (December 17, 2011) at a Lebanon, Virginia nursing facility. Born December 27, 1938 in Swords Creek, Virginia, she was a daughter of the late James Carlos "Pete" and Gaynell "Nellie" Lockhart Miller. She had spent most of her life in the area and was a member of the Miller Creek Community Church. In...
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Tessie Bernice Harrison

November 5, 1965 - December 9, 2011

Tessie Bernice Harrison Tessie Bernice Harrison, age 46 of Richlands, Virginia passed away Friday, December 9, 2011 at her home. She was the daughter of Mary Sue Cole Lester of Richlands, Virginia and the late Billy Harold Lester, Sr. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by one grandchild Kenyan Davis. Those who survive her are: Her daughters: Yvette Arrington of Fluvanna, VA,...
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John H. Altizer, Jr.

May 7, 1954 - December 9, 2011

John Hobert Altizer, Jr. Mr. John Hobert Altizer, Jr., age 57, of Jewell Ridge, Virginia, passed away Friday, December 9, 2011 in Bristol, Tennessee. He was born in Richlands, Virginia and was the son of the late John Hobert, Sr. and Helen Young Altizer. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a machinist for Joy Manufacturing. He was a Richlands High School Graduate and attended Bethel...
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Connie Sue Hill

September 13, 1945 - December 8, 2011

CONNIE SUE SHELTON HILL Connie Sue Shelton Hill, age 66 of Honaker, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 8, 2011. Born September 13, 1945 in Richlands, Virginia she was the daughter of the late Warren and Laura Shelton. She was a lifelong Christian with much faith. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents she was preceded...
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Gladys Geraldine Farmer

February 19, 1935 - December 8, 2011

Gladys Farmer Ms. Gladys G. Farmer, of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2011 at her home following a lengthy illness. She was born in Bee, Virginia and was the daughter of the late William Albert and Mertie Barton Farmer. She had made her home in Richlands, Virginia all of her life and was a former employee of Leggett at the Claypool Hill Mall. She was a member of New Life...
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Glema Gay Auville

June 16, 1941 - December 8, 2011

Glema Gay Mullins Auville Glema Gay Mullins Auville, 70 years of age of the Comtpon Mountain Section of Pilgrims Knob, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 8, 2011 in the Bristol Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Born in Buchanan County, June 16, 1941, she was the daughter of the late George and Gertrude Owens Mullins. Mrs. Auville attended Breaks Elementary...
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Myrtle Mae Altizer

February 3, 1913 - December 7, 2011

Myrtle Mae Ward Altizer Myrtle Mae Ward Altizer, born at Bearwallow, Va. on Feb. 3, 1913, departed this earthly life at the age of 98 and went to her eternal home to be with Jesus on Dec. 8, 2011. Myrtle Altizer was the daughter of the late James and Carlie Wyatt Ward. Myrtle Altizer resided in Richlands, Va., Radford, Va., Sevierville, Tenn., and Ft. Wayne, Ind., where she was employed with the...
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James Carl Price

April 20, 1940 - December 7, 2011

James C. Price James C. Price (J.C.) went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Wellmont Bristol Regional Hospital. He was the son of the late Walter and Edna Coleman Price. J.C. was a former resident of Buchanan County. He was a graduate of Garden High School, class of 1958. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired from United Central Supply. J.C. had been a member of...
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Jack Parkhurst

September 16, 1949 - December 7, 2011

Jack C. Parkhurst Mr. Jack C. Parkhurst, age 62, of Richlands, VA, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2011 at home. He was born in Glendale, CA and was the son of the late Albert Calvin and Sonya Adler Parkhurst. He served in the U. S. Army being in the Vietnam War. Mr. Parkhurst was the former Police Chief of Cedar Bluff, VA and was the owner and operator of "Born Again Express" Trucking...
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Winfred Gary Compton

January 12, 1952 - December 6, 2011

WINFRED GARY COMPTON Winfred Gary Compton, age 59 of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, formerly of Swords Creek, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Born January 12, 1952 in Russell County, Virginia he was the son of Mazie Boyd of Honaker, Virginia and the late Dallas Compton. He and his wife, Barbara, were married on November 18, 1978. Gary was a talented musician who loved music, especially...
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Ella Mae Vandyke

September 7, 1932 - December 6, 2011

Ella Mae (Granny) VanDyke, age 79, of Lebanon, Virginia, went home to be with her blessed Savior on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at her home. Born in Buchanan County, Virginia, on September 7, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Wilburn and Alta Jackson Lockhart. She was a precious and devoted mom of three wonderful children and beloved wife of the late Reece B. Vandyke, who preceded her in...
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Virginia Carty

October 22, 1924 - December 6, 2011

VIRGINIA ELLEN CARTY Mrs. Virginia Ellen Carty, age 87 of Richlands, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. She was born October 22, 1924 in Swords Creek, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Will and Peggy Stump Ball. She was of the Pentecostal Holiness Faith. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Emory Carty; one daughter,...
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Jessie Cantrell

March 8, 1915 - December 6, 2011

Jessie Lyall Cantrell Jessie Lyall Cantrell, age 96, passed away on December 6, 2011 at the Hospice House in Bristol after an extended illness. She was the daughter of the late Meredith Lyall and Ardelia Lyall Stephens. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister Ollie Lyall Counts; and a brother Kenneth Joseph Stephens, Sr. Jessie was a dedicated homemaker for 67 years to...
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Shirley Shea Hammond

June 19, 1939 - December 5, 2011

SHIRLEY PAYNE (SHEA) HAMMOND Shirley Payne (Shea) Hammond, age 72, of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Monday, December 5, 2011 at Holston Valley Medical Center following a long illness. Born June 19, 1939 in Bradshaw, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Miles and Daisy Payne of Richlands, Virginia. She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, James D. (Jim) Hammond; two...
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Hannah Gaynell Asbury

January 26, 1932 - December 4, 2011

Hannah Gaynell Asbury Hannah Gaynell "Granny Bury" Asbury, age 79 of Pounding Mill, VA died Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Welmont Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, TN. Born January 26, 1932 at Amonate, VA she was a daughter of the late Joseph Andrew Asbury and Thelma Louise Rose Asbury. She was a special mother, grandmother, and friend to everyone and will be dearly missed. In addition...
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Oma Osborne

August 21, 1929 - December 3, 2011

OMA IRENE OSBORNE Oma Irene Osborne, age 82 of Raven, Virginia, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2011 at her home. Born August 21, 1929 in Buchanan County, Virginia she was the daughter of the late Ed and Amanda Stillwell Osborne. She worked for several years at New Garden Company Store and retired as a nursing assistant from Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Virginia. She was of the...
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William T. Smith

October 15, 1939 - December 2, 2011

William "Sonny" Smith Mr. William T. "Sonny" Smith, age 72, of Manchester, Connecticut, passed away unexpectedly on Friday (December 2, 2011) at his home. Born on October 15, 1939 in Roanoke, Virginia, he was a son of the late Robert Clint Smith and Alice (Pearl) Smith and a 1958 graduate of Honaker High School. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served his country during the Vietnam...
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Marie Owens Looney

February 25, 1932 - December 2, 2011

Marie Owens Looney Marie Owens Looney, 79, of Shawsville, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2011 at the Richfield Recovery and Care Center following an extended illness. She was born in Buchanan County on February 25, 1932 and was the daughter of the late Whetsel and Minnie Owens. She was a resident of Buchanan County before moving to Shawsville in 2005. Marie was a homemaker and the caretaker...
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Marvin L McClanahan

January 21, 1932 - November 30, 2011

Marvin L. (SHOT) McClanahan Marvin L. "Shot" McClanahan, 79 years of age of Athens, West Virginia died Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at his home. Born in Dante, Virginia, on January 21, 1932, he was the son of the late John and Stella Edmonds McClanahan. Shot was the lone graduate of the 1950 class of Garden High School in Oakwood, Virginia, where he was a member of the 1949-50 Virginia state...
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Ella Ward

February 26, 1923 - November 30, 2011

Ella Marie Ward Ms. Ella Marie Simmons Ward, age 88, of Pounding Mill, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in a Tazewell, Virginia hospital. She was born in Red Ash, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Belle and Mary Jane Hill Simmons. She was a member of St. Pius X and the Al Hambra in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Stella Wyatt Parks

November 13, 1917 - November 28, 2011

STELLA WYATT PARKS Stella Wyatt Parks, age 94, entered into eternal rest with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 28, 2011 at Golden Age Retirement Home with her family present. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family in her generation. She was a member of the Richlands Tabernacle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Zelia Parks; her parents, Robert and Lilly Wyatt...
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William Harold Silcox

March 2, 1932 - November 18, 2011

WILLIAM (HAROLD) SILCOX Mr. William (Harold) Silcox, age 79, of Bristol, VA formerly of Richlands, VA passed away Friday November 18, 2011 at his home. Born at Rock House, KY he was the son of the late William & Elowese Silcox. He was a retired coal miner with Jewell Smokeless Coal Company and a member of the Abingdon Masonic Lodge. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one...
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Russell K. Charles

December 1, 1939 - November 15, 2011


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Margaret Hess

March 26, 1911 - November 14, 2011

Margaret Hess Mrs. Rosaley Rose Hess, age 100, of Rowe, Virginia, passed away Monday (November 14, 2011) in a Richlands, Virginia hospital. Born March 26, 1911 in Drill, Virginia, she was a daughter of the late James Henry and Lily Bailey Helton. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a member of Rowe Pentecostal Holiness Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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Phyllis J Cordle

February 14, 1936 - November 13, 2011

Phyllis Jean Cordle Ms. Phyllis Justice Cordle, age 75, of Pounding Mill, Virginia passed away Sunday, November 13, 2011 in a Bristol, Tennessee hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born in Tazewell County, Virginia and was the daughter of the late, Myrtle Ball Justice Scott and Henry Justice. She was a graduate of Richlands High School, Class of 1954 and had worked many years as an...
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James Maxwell Cooley

August 13, 1931 - November 13, 2011

James M. Cooley James M. Cooley, age 80, of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2011 at a Tazewell, Virginia hospital. He was born in Maxwell, Virginia and was the son of the late Victor Resse and Mattie Martha Taylor Cooley. He was a lifelong resident of the Richlands area and was a former Maintenance worker at Clinch Valley Clinic. In addition to his parents he was...
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Kenneth Allen Lawson

December 5, 1946 - November 11, 2011

Kenneth Allen "Cub" Lawson Mr. Kenneth Allen "Cub" Lawson, age 64, of Swords Creek, Virginia, passed away Friday, November 11, 2011 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Richlands, Virginia and was the son of the late Quentin "Kit" and Hazel Tuggle Lawson. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a retired miner from Consol. He was a member of the UMWA Local #1509 and...
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Janet E. Reynolds

January 12, 1959 - November 10, 2011

JANET ELAINE HORN REYNOLDS Janet Elaine Horn Reynolds, age 52 of Claypool Hill, Virginia, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2011. Born January 12, 1959 in Richlands, Virginia she was the daughter of Creta Rife Horn of Claypool Hill, Virginia and the late Leonard E. Horn. She was a graduate of Richlands High School and Wytheville Community College. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service after...
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Doris B Whitt

October 29, 1928 - November 9, 2011

Doris Boyd Whitt Doris Ann Boyd Whitt of Avon Park, Florida, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2011. She was born on October 29, 1928 and was the eldest child of the late Den and Maude Reynolds Boyd of Raven, Virginia and she was the wife of the late Joseph D. "Bug" Whitt, formerly of Cedar Bluff, Virginia. Doris Ann was a graduate of Richlands High School Class of 1946. She was a member of...
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Mary Jane Matney

November 17, 1941 - November 9, 2011

Mary Matney Mrs. Mary Jane Matney, age 69, of Troutman, North Carolina, passed away Wednesday (November 9, 2011) at her home. Born November 17, 1941 in Buchanan County, Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Albert Ervin and Effie Rosalie Vandyke Matney. She had lived in the North Carolina area for over thirty years and had spent her early life in the Buchanan and Russell County areas. In...
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Ruby Beavers Evans

February 28, 1926 - November 9, 2011

Ruby Beavers Evans Ruby Beavers Evans, beloved Mother and Grandmother, of 214 Redknot Street in Princeton died peacefully at her residence on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Born February 28, 1926 in Tazewell County, VA she was the daughter of the late Bandy Beavers and Mollie Peery Beavers. She was retired from the retail sales business. Ruby was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in...
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Donald Gene Childress

August 11, 1942 - November 8, 2011

Donald Gene Childress Donald Gene Childress, age 69, of Pounding Mill, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2011. He was born in Buchanan County, Virginia and was the son of the late Russell Elmer and Nora McKinney Childress. Donald was a Richlands High School graduate, class of 1961. He was a lifelong resident of the Pounding Mill area. He was a retired coal miner of Pittston Coal, being...
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Alma J Shortridge

December 7, 1927 - November 8, 2011

ALMA JUANITA DEEL SHORTRIDGE Alma Juanita Deel Shortridge, age 83 of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at her home. Born December 7, 1927 at Cucumber, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late Roy and Lilly Brooks Deel. She was of the Pentecostal faith. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Alma was a great cook. She was the last surviving member of her...
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Elsie Stilwell

April 10, 1936 - November 7, 2011

Elsie Lorenia Stilwell Elsie Lorenia Stilwell age, 75 of the Baptist Valley community of Cedar Bluff, VA passed away Monday, November 7, 2011 at Clinch Valley Community Hospital in Richlands, VA. Born April 10, 1936 in Newhall, WV, she was a daughter of the late Everett and Pearlie Mae Brewster Baldwin. She had worked as a seamstress for area sewing facilities, and was a member of El-Bethel...
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Ava D. Cole

December 23, 1912 - November 7, 2011

Ava Dell Cole Mrs. Ava Dell Cole, age 98, of Richlands, Virginia, went to be with the Lord Monday, November 7, 2011 in Richlands, Virginia hospital. Ava Dell was born December 23, 1912 in Dungannon, Virginia to the late Arthur Fugate and Lula Lambert Salyer. She grew up in Gate City and Daniel Boone, Virginia areas and she married the love of her life, the late Claude Cole, spending most of her...
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Rita Dean Estep

January 2, 1956 - November 4, 2011

Rita D. Estep Rita D. Estep, age 55, of Raven, Virginia, passed away Friday, November 4, 2011 in a Bristol, Tennessee hospital. She was born in Grundy, Virginia and was the daughter of the late David and Trula Yates. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one infant sister, Evelyn Yates and three brothers, Clyde Junior, Danny, and Benny Yates. Survivors are: Longtime...
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Anthony L Rife

April 21, 1925 - November 2, 2011

Anthony Lawson Rife Anthony Lawson Rife of Clear Fork Creek, Rocky Gap, VA (formerly of Jolo, WV) went to join his Lord and the love of his life, his wife, the late Laura June Coleman Rife, on November 2, 2011 at Wytheville Community Hospital. He was born April 21, 1925 to the late Granville W. and Louise Cooper Rife. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great...
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Joseph Randal Lowe

December 25, 1957 - November 2, 2011

Joseph Randal Lowe Joseph Randal Lowe, age 53, of Raven, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in a Kingsport, Tennessee hospital. He was born in Richlands, Virginia and was the son of Dorothy Mae Cantrell Byrd of Cedar Bluff, Virginia and the late Marcus Lowe, Jr. He was a lifelong resident of the Raven area. In addition to his mother, those that survive him are: One Sister: Joyce...
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Wesley Rufus Smith

February 9, 1938 - November 2, 2011

Wesley Rufus Smith Wesley Rufus Smith, age 73, of Jewell Ridge, Virginia, passed away, Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in a Richlands, Virginia hospital. He was born in Tazewell County, Virginia and was the son of the late Avery Lee and Narcie Hylton Smith. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a lifelong resident of the Jewell Ridge area. He was a retired coal...
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Janice Honaker

March 16, 1953 - November 1, 2011

JANICE L. (FLOSSIE) HONAKER Janice L. (Flossie) Honaker, age 58 of the Baptist Valley section of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, laid down to finally rest in peace on Tuesday morning, November 1, in an Abingdon, VA hospital. After a life-time battle with different diseases, including diabetes and Addison's disease, our precious Savior, Jesus Christ, finally gave her sleep. She now awaits His return. She...
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Jewell Damron

July 16, 1934 - October 30, 2011

Jewell Agnes Damron Jewell Agnes Damron, 77, years of age of Oakwood, VA, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2011 at her sister's residence, with her family by her side. Born in Floyd County, KY, July 16, 1934, she was the daughter of the late William Damron and Lucretia Hamilton Damron Layne. Jewell attended New Life Fellowship church. She was a very special person, enjoyed being around her family...
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William David Lawson, Jr.

August 5, 1923 - October 29, 2011

William (Junior) David Lawson, Jr. William (Junior) David Lawson, Jr., age 88 of Tazewell, Virginia, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Wytheville Community Hospital. Born August 5, 1923 in Richlands, Virginia he was the son of the late William David Lawson, Sr. and Geneva Wells Lawson. He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II serving at Pearl Harbor. Junior was a member of the...
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Fred Delano Presley

March 4, 1934 - October 28, 2011

Fred D. Presley Fred Delano Presley, age 77, of Pounding Mill, Virginia, passed away Friday, October 28, 2011 in a Bluefield, West Virginia hospital. He was born in Council, Virginia and was the son of the late Ervin Presley and Nannie McGlothlin Presley Lockhart. He was a retired investment banker and was a graduate of Council High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War...
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Helen Margaret Stiltner

March 13, 1936 - October 26, 2011

HELEN MARGARETT STILTNER Helen Margarett Stiltner, age 75 of Smith Ridge, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at her home. Born March 13, 1936 she was the daughter of the late Aughty Jackson and Pearly Mae Wallace. She loved the Lord with her whole heart and her heart's desire was for her children and grandchildren to be saved. She was a member of Keen Mountain...
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Timothy Aaron Griffith

January 16, 1968 - October 25, 2011

Timothy Aaron Griffith WYTHEVILLE, Va. Timothy Aaron Griffith, age 43, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2011. He was the CEO of Guardian Ambulance Service and a member and elder of Crossroads Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Blaine Griffith. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Angela Griffith, of the home; daughters, Jade Elizabeth Griffith and Savannah...
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Eva Lucille Vencil

January 11, 1918 - October 25, 2011

EVA (LUCILLE) VENCIL Eva (Lucille) Vencil, age 93 of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Born January 11, 1918 in Tazewell County, Virginia she was the daughter of the late Dale and Eva Phipps Lester. She loved animals, flowers and attending church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Garnet Vencil; one grandson, Terry Lee Vencil; three...
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Daniel L. Evans

July 10, 1956 - October 24, 2011

Daniel Lee Evans Daniel Lee Evans, age 55 of Richlands, Virginia passed away Monday, October 24, 2011 at a local area hospital. He was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was the son of Earl and Dorothy Nidig Evans of Pennsylvania. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for over 22 years, retiring as Petty Officer 2nd Class; he worked as an air traffic control officer, trained scuba diver and...
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Ella Ruth Puckett

November 17, 1937 - October 22, 2011

Ella Ruth "Sis" Puckett Ella Ruth "Sis" Puckett, age 73, of Richlands, Virginia passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Clinch Valley Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born in Richlands, Virginia and was the daughter of the late George W., Sr. and Carrie Mae Wiles Brown. She was a retired employee from the Clinch Valley Medical Center of 20 years; she also worked for the...
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Ocie Stacy Barker

June 24, 1917 - October 22, 2011

Ocie Edna Matney Barker Ocie Edna Matney Barker, age 94 of Bluefield, VA died Saturday, October 22, 2011 at her home. Born June 24, 1917 at Grundy, VA, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Mahella Davis Matney. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Bluefield, VA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Rufus Stacy; second husband, Clyde Barker;...
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Judy M. Smith

October 29, 1947 - October 21, 2011

JUDY MARIE STACY SMITH 63 years of age of Damascus, VA, passed away Friday, October 21, 2011 at the Johnson Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, VA, following an extended illness. Born in McDowell County, WV, she was the daughter of the late Lawson Dan and Irene Baker Stacy. She was a resident of Buchanan County for many years prior to moving to Damascus, VA, and was a member of the Vansant Church of...
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Richard Thornhill

October 12, 1951 - October 21, 2011

Richard G. Thornhill October 12, 1951- October 21, 2011 Richard G. Thornhill, 60 of Tipton died Friday at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC. Richard was born in Warrenton Co., Va. son of Jane (Butler) Thornhill and the late William E.Thornhill. He was married to Karen S. Rife on September 10, 1977 in Grundy, Va. at Grundy Baptist Church. Richard was employed in the mining industry for over...
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Lois Whitt Parsons

March 14, 1938 - October 21, 2011

Lois Whitt Parsons Lois Whitt Parsons, age 73 of North Tazewell, VA died Friday, October 21, 2011 at her home. Born March 14, 1938 at Bandy, VA, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Howard Whitt and Pearl Whitt. Mrs. Parsons was a member of the Springville Christian Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Ted "Gib" Parsons; three brothers, Leo...
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Kenneth J Dye

March 12, 1923 - October 19, 2011

Kenneth Junior Dye Mr. Kenneth Junior Dye, age 88, of Swords Creek, Virginia, passed away Wednesday (October 19, 2011) in a Richlands, Virginia, hospital. Born March 12, 1923 in Buchanan County, Virginia, he was a son of the late Walker and Sillar Coleman Dye. He had spent most of his life in the area and was a member of Wilderness Tabernacle Holiness Church. A World War II veteran, he had...
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James William Keen

February 8, 1925 - October 19, 2011

JAMES W. KEEN 86 years of age of Vansant, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Buchanan General Hospital following an extended illness. Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Wiley and Clary Shortridge Keen. He was a Logger and was of the Holiness Faith. He was preceded in death by his wife Leona Davis Keen, January 22, 1986. Mr. Keen is survived by Eight...
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Bernice L. Matney

November 23, 1927 - October 16, 2011

BERNICE LOTTIE MATNEY Bernice Lottie Matney, age 83 of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2011. She was a resident of Mayfair Assisted Living at Claypool Hill, Virginia. Born November 23, 1927 in Buchanan County, Virginia she was the daughter of the late Burl and Hassie Matney. She was formerly employed as a nurse with Grundy Hospital and worked for Dr. Thomas McDonald and Dr....
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Teresa Diane Kennedy

February 1, 1954 - October 8, 2011

Teresa Diane Kennedy Teresa Diane VanDyke Kennedy, age 57 of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011 at her home. Born February 1, 1954 in Richlands, Virginia she was the daughter of Ola Gay VanDyke of Cedar Bluff, Virginia and the late Earl VanDyke.She enjoyed bowling, golfing, NASCAR, hunting and fishing. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her brother...
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Bill Alvie Tinsley

August 9, 1922 - October 5, 2011

Bill Alvie Tinsley Bill Alvie Tinsley, age 89 of North Tazewell, VA died Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital in Tazewell, VA. He was born August 9, 1922 at Coalwood, WV and was a son of the late Glenwood and Nettie Altizer Tinsley. Mr. Tinsley was a graduate of Big Creek High School and a retired coalminer having worked for thirty-eight years at Pocahontas Fuel...
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William "Apple" Vance, Sr.

May 16, 1948 - October 4, 2011

William Darrell "Apple" Vance, Sr. William Darrell "Apple" Vance, Sr., age 63 of Richlands, VA passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at a Richmond, Virginia hospital. He was the son of the late William Robert and Dorothy Vance. William was a lifelong resident of the Richlands area and was a 1966 graduate of Honaker High School. He was also a U. S. Army Vietnam War Veteran. He was a former welder...
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Trula Marie Addison

October 3, 1916 - October 3, 2011

Trula Marie Addison Trula Marie Sisk Addison, 94 years of age of Oakwood passed away Monday, October 3, 2011. Born in Buchanan County on October 3, 1916, she was the daughter of the late William and Marry Philips Sisk. Trula attended the Garden United Methodist Church. She also enjoyed her family, traveling, gardening, quilting, and crocheting. Trula was a very active member of the Senior...
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Mavis G Watson

December 7, 1931 - October 1, 2011

MAVIS GERALDINE (DEAN) ALTIZER WATSON Mavis Geraldine (Dean) Altizer Watson, age 79 of Baptist Valley Road, Cedar Bluff, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Clinch Valley Medical Center, Richlands, Virginia. Born December 7, 1931 in War, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late V.H. and Carlie G. Altizer of Bandy, Virginia. She was a member of the Richlands Congregation...
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Clinton C. Clevenger

June 30, 1947 - September 29, 2011

CLINTON C. CLEVENGER 64 years of age of Grundy, VA, passed on to his Heavenly Home Thursday, September 29, 2011 following an extended illness. Born in Buchanan County, he was a son of the late Burlin Clevinger and Elsie Deel Clevinger Justus, Grundy, VA. He was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County, was an avid hunter and fisherman, a member of the Harman Memorial Baptist Church where he loved...
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Margaret V Vass

September 10, 1926 - September 25, 2011

Margaret Vass Ms. Margaret Virginia Fuller Vass, age 85, of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011 in Richlands, Virginia hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born in Giles County and was the daughter of the late Earnest Joesph and Margie Keifer Fuller. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a member of the Cedar Bluff Community Church. In addition to her...
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Shannon Christopher Rogers

September 1, 1979 - September 23, 2011

Shannon Christopher Rogers Prestonburg, Ky. Shannon Christopher Rogers, 32, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. He was born Sept. 1, 1979, at Roanoke, Va. He was the son of Arthur Odell Rogers and Micca Campbell Calhoun. Shannon was employed by the Revelation Coal Company as a loader operater. He is survived by the following besides his mother and father; a son, Christopher Bryce Rogers, Martin, Ky.;...
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Raymond Ferrell

July 5, 1936 - September 23, 2011

RAYMOND FERRELL, SR. Raymond Ferrell, Sr., age 75 of Shortt Gap, Virginia, passed away Friday, September 23, 2011 at his home. Born July 5, 1936 at Keen Mountain, Virginia he was the son of the late Earl and Alice Meadows Ferrell. He was a retired coal miner and a member of UMWA Local 1374. Raymond was also a Pentecostal preacher. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife...
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Agnes Lorrine Joyce

September 7, 1923 - September 22, 2011

Agnes Lorrine Joyce Agnes Lorrine Joyce passed on to her heavenly existence on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the age of 88 years and 15 days. She was born in September 7, 1923 and was a resident of the Smith Ridge section of Jewell Ridge, Virginia her entire life and was the daughter of the late William McKinley Smith and Bridget Lockheart Smith. She was an active member of the Friendly Chapel...
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Shelia M. Tillie

December 21, 1962 - September 21, 2011

Shelia Messer Tillie Shelia Messer Tillie, age 48 of Pounding Mill, Virginia passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at a local Richlands, hospital. She was born in Richlands, Virginia and was the daughter of Harold and Shirley Herald Messer of Cedar Bluff, Virginia. Shelia was a graduate of Richlands High School Class of 1981, and graduated from SVCC with her Nursing Degree. She received her...
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James Donald Morrow

December 30, 1929 - September 19, 2011

James Donald Morrow James Donald Morrow, age 81 of Richlands, Virginia passed away Monday, September 19, 2011 at the Golden Age Assisted Living home following a lengthy illness. He was born in Bishop, Virginia and was the son of the late George Frank and Alma Edna Barrett Morrow. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and a member of the Jewell Ridge UMWA Local. He worked...
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Virginia Dare McFall

April 22, 1928 - September 19, 2011

Virginia Dare Coleman McFall Mrs. Virginia Dare Coleman McFall, 82, of 271 Massey Subdivision, Hartwell, died Monday, September 19 at St. Mary's Hospice House. Born on April 22, 1929 in Lynch KY, she was the daughter of the late George W. Coleman and Cordia Nidiffer Coleman. She was a retired LPN from Humana Hospital, Richlands VA, Lifetime member of the PTA, 50 year member and twice past Worthy...
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Brayden Lee Ratliff

September 16, 2011 - September 18, 2011

Braydon Lee Ratliff A precious baby, Braydon Lee Ratliff slipped away on the wings of angels on Sunday, September 18, 2011. For two days he weaved his love and memory into many hearts and that purest love became his tiny wings. Braydon was born on Friday, September 16, 2011 in Johnson City, Tennessee to Tammy Hargett Ratliff of Pounding Mill, Virginia. In addition to his mother he was survived...
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Connie Sue McCracken

May 21, 1953 - September 17, 2011

CONNIE SUE MCCRACKEN Ms. Connie Sue McCracken, age 58, of Richlands, VA formerly of Jewell Ridge, VA passed away Saturday September 17, 2011. Born at Richlands, VA she was the daughter of Cora McCracken of Richlands, VA and the late Palmer McCracken. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by one brother Jim McCracken and one sister Jenny Lou Kestner. Connie is survived by her...
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Harold Omar Ketron

January 26, 1934 - September 17, 2011

Harold Omer Ketron Harold Omer Ketron, age 77 of Raven, Virginia passed away Saturday, September 17, 2011 in a Richlands, Virginia area hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born in Tazewell, Virginia and was the son of the late Harvey Omer and Lula Kate Vandyke Ketron. He was a 1951 graduate of Richlands High School, and served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He...
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Thomas Lucian Woosley

March 8, 1932 - September 16, 2011

Thomas Lucian Woosley Thomas Lucian Woosley, age 79, of Cedar Bluff, Virginia passed away, Friday, September 16, 2011 at Hill Creek Assisted Living in Richlands, Virginia. He was born in Jewell Ridge, Virginia and was the son of the late Lucian Joseph and Maude Sparks Woosley. Mr. Woosley was a US Army Korean War Veteran. He was a former employee of Pittston Coal Company, and was a member of...
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Judy Alice Dye

November 18, 1944 - September 16, 2011

Judy Alice Dye Mrs. Judy Alice Dye, age 66, of Raven, Virginia, passed away Friday (September 16, 2011) in a Richlands, Virginia hospital. Born November 18, 1944 in Richlands, Virginia, she was a daughter of Emily Miller Stevens Ball of Raven, Virginia and the late Rev. James Allen Stevens. She had spent most of her life in the area and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her father, she...
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Teresa Gail Pruitt

January 4, 1960 - September 13, 2011

Teresa Gail Pruitt Teresa Gail Pruitt, age 51 of Cedar Bluff, Virginia passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Claypool Hill, Virginia. She was born in Richlands, Virginia and was the daughter of Joseph A. Pruitt and the late Margaret Ellen Young Pruitt. She was a graduate from Richlands High School Class of 1978. Teresa was an employee of The Clinic at Claypool Hill, Virginia as the...
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Ruby K Monk

December 30, 1924 - September 12, 2011

Ruby Kathleen Vencille Monk Ruby Kathleen Vencille Monk, age 86, of Richlands, VA, passed away Monday, September 12, 2011 in a Richlands, Virginia hospital. She was born in Tazewell County, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Benjamin Thomas and Stella Mae Vencille. Ms. Monk lived 65 years of her life in the Richlands area. She was a homemaker and attended Layman's Chapel in Richlands. She...
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Mary Jean Gillespie

August 1, 1940 - September 11, 2011

Mary Jean Shelton Gillespie Mary Jean Gillespie, age 71, of Marysville, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011 at her home. She was born in Tazewell County, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Charlie Joe and Pearl Lester Shelton. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. Mary Jean lived the last 30 years of her life in Marysville, North...
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Coy Roger Viers

February 7, 1948 - September 11, 2011

COY ROGER VIERS 63 years of age of the Dry Fork Section of Vansant, VA, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the Wellmont-Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, TN, following an extended illness. Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Earnest Coy and Draxie O'Quinn Viers. He was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County and was a member of New Life Fellowship. He was a devoted...
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Harold Porterfield

October 8, 1941 - September 10, 2011

HAROLD PORTERFIELD Harold Porterfield, age 69 of Pounding Mill, Virginia, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2011 at his home. Born October 8, 1941 he was the son of the late Ira and Opal Hughes Porterfield. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandson, Stephen Porterfield. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Phyllis Porterfield; son and daughter...
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William Fullen

April 20, 1937 - September 10, 2011

William S. Fullen, Sr. Mr. William S. Fullen, Sr., age 74, of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2011 in a Richlands, Virginia hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born in Richlands, Virginia and was the son of the late Clyde and Eula Delza Pruett Fullen. He was a lifelong resident of the Richlands area and was a retired Parts Manager from Virginia Dump Bodies,...
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Clemie Childress

September 12, 1924 - September 7, 2011

Clemie Blankenship Childress Clemie Blankenship Childress, 86 years of age of Grundy, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Buchanan General Hospital, Grundy, VA. Born in Buchanan County, September 12, 1924, she was the daughter of the late King and Rebecca Blankenship. Clemie was a member of the Vansant Church of Christ where she was a devoted member of the choir. She loved gardening and...
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Madeline Deskins

July 10, 1926 - September 5, 2011

Madeline E. Hylton Deskins Madeline E. Hylton Deskins, age 85, passed away Monday, September 5, 2011 at her daughter's residence in Colorado Springs, Colorado following a short illness. She was born July 10, 1926 in Buchanan County, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Isaac and Mary Rose Hylton. She had lived in Colorado for the past five months and had previously resided in Willoughby,...
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Nellie Marie Sutherland

September 7, 1924 - September 5, 2011

Nellie Marie Sutherland Nellie Marie Sutherland, age 86, of the Baptist Valley area of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, passed Monday, September 5, 2011 in Richlands, Virginia following a brief illness. She was born in Amonate, Virginia and was the daughter of James Murray and Melinda Ada Harris Turner. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She had lived the...
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Thurman Cooper

September 16, 1925 - September 5, 2011

THURMAN D. COOPER Thurman D. Cooper, age 85 of the Baptist Valley section of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, passed away Monday, September 5, 2011 at Lebanon, Virginia. Born Sept. 16, 1925 in Jolo, West Virginia he was the son of the late Walter D. and Gracie Wimmer Cooper. He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II. He worked in the coal mines and retired from the Tazewell County Development...
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Jerry Dallas Horn

December 22, 1948 - September 4, 2011

Jerry Dallas Horn Jerry Dallas Horn, 62 years of age of the Contrary Section of Buchanan County, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2011 in the Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, TN. Born in Buchanan County, December 22, 1948, he was the son of Gaylene Deskins Horn of Abingdon, VA and the late Bascom Horn. Jerry was a 1967 graduate of Garden High School, U.S. Navy Veteran, having served...
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Phyllis Adkins

November 10, 1944 - September 1, 2011

Phyllis Ann Adkins Phyllis Ann Monk Jackson Adkins, age 66, of Richlands, Virginia, passed Thursday, September 1, 2011 in a Richlands, Virginia hospital. She was born in Richlands, Virginia and was the daughter of Charlie Lee and Myrtle Agnus Griffith Monk. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Phyllis was a lifelong resident of the Richlands area. She was a homemaker and of the...
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Nonna Lawson

August 23, 1931 - August 31, 2011

Nonna Geraldine "Geri" Lawson Geri was born August 23, 1931, in Cedar Bluff, VA, the daughter of Lester and Lettie (Whitaker) Altizer, and passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at her residence. Funeral Services will be held 11am Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Nelson-House Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10am until the time of service. Rev. LaDonna Stewart, Pastor of...
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Fred Mueller

July 9, 1955 - August 30, 2011

Frederick Mueller Frederick G. Mueller, age 56, of Lebanon, Virginia passed away, Tuesday, August 30, 2011 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was the son of Joan Elizabeth Emory Mueller of Chicago, Illinois and the late Edwin Paul Mueller. He was a loving son, husband, father, brother and grandfather. Fred worked as a superintendent for E. Dillon...
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Barbara Lorraine Short

September 17, 1927 - August 27, 2011

BARBARA LORRAINE SHORT Mrs. Barbara Lorraine Short, age 83, of Raven, VA went to be with the Lord on Saturday August 27, 2011 at her home following an extended illness. Born at Russell County, VA she was the daughter of the late Charles & Melinda Stilwell. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Hubert Short; daughter Rosie Lorraine Short; son Willard Short and...
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Dortha Wingo Mabe

July 7, 1926 - August 27, 2011

Dotha Wingo Mabe Ms. Dortha Wingo Mabe, age 85 of Richlands, Virginia passed away Saturday, August 27, 2011 in a Richlands, Virginia hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born in Yukon, West Virginia and was the daughter of the late, James Matthew and Ollie Mae Lankford Wingo. Dortha was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her greatest treasure was her family,...
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Carolyn Lorene Compton

July 3, 1925 - August 25, 2011

CAROLYN LORENE COMPTON Carolyn Lorene Compton, age 86 of Richlands, Virginia, went to be with the Lord and His angels on Thursday, August 25, 2011. Born July 3, 1925, Carolyn was a wonderful wife, loving mother, and proud and caring grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a lifelong resident of Richlands, Virginia. Carolyn was a strong and dedicated lady. She was the anchor to all of her...
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Betty Marie Muncy

March 20, 1937 - August 23, 2011

BETTY MARIE WILSON MUNCY Betty Marie Wilson Muncy, age 74 of Claypool Hill, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Born March 20, 1937 in Bland County, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Betsy Durham Wilson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Coleman Muncy. She is survived by three daughters, Teresa Muncy, Ginger Muncy and...
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Rhonda Shortridge

October 17, 1964 - August 22, 2011

Rhonda Regina Messer Shortridge Mrs. Rhonda Regina Messer Shortridge, age 46, of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Monday, August 22, 2011 in a Bristol, Tennessee hospital following a brief illness. She was born in Richlands, Virginia and is the daughter of Carter G. Messer of Doran, Virginia and the late Lucille Ratliff Messer. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by one sister,...
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Claude H Barrett

September 17, 1930 - August 21, 2011

CLAUDE H. BARRETT Mr. Claude H. Barrett, age 80, of Richlands, VA passed away Sunday August 21, 2011 in a Richlands, VA hospital following an extended illness. Born at Richlands, VA he was the son of the late Lawerence & Willie Mae Gilbert Barrett. He was a retired banker having served as C.E.O. at Clinch Valley Bank & Trust at Richlands, VA and several other banks of the Richlands area for more...
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Nellie M Farmer

April 22, 1923 - August 20, 2011

Nellie Mae Farmer Nellie Mae Farmer, age 88 of Raven, Virginia passed away, Saturday, August 20, 2011 at a Lebanon, Virginia assisted living home. She was born in Cedar Bluff, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Beverly and Eva Stevenson Rose. She was a loving Mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother and had dedicated her life to caring for her family. Nellie was a former member...
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Kathy Lee Lawson

April 23, 1961 - August 18, 2011

KATHY LEE ROBINSON LAWSON Kathy Lee Robinson Lawson, age 50 of Bluefield, West Virginia, formerly of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011 at her home following an extended illness. Born April 23, 1961 in Richlands, Virginia she was the daughter of Minnie B. Stevenson Robinson Christian of Bandy, Virginia and the late Frank H. Robinson. She is survived by her mother and...
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Stella May Dye

May 14, 1911 - August 18, 2011

Stella Mae Mathena Dye Stella Mae Mathena Dye, age 100, of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, formerly of Bluefield, Virginia, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011 in a Richlands, Virginia hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born in Coeburn, Virginia and she was a resident of Bluefield, Virginia for over 40 years. She was a homemaker and she attended the First Christian Church in Richlands,...
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Rosie Stilwell

April 6, 1916 - August 16, 2011

ROSIE V. SHORT STILWELL Mrs. Rosie V. Short Stilwell, age 95, of the Baptist Valley section of Cedar Bluff, VA passed away Tuesday August 16, 2011 at a Lebanon, VA hospital following an extended illness. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Artemus Stilwell; one daughter Geraldine Saunders; one grandson Charles Allen Davis; three brothers Roy Short, Jay Short &...
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Dorothy G. Roberts

June 14, 1929 - August 11, 2011

DOROTHY G. ROBERTS Dorothy G. Roberts of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011 at her home. Born June 14, 1929 in Drill, Virginia she was the daughter of the late Harmon and Willie Mae Gilbert. She was a member of Westside Holiness Church for 38 years. Dorothy worked for 31 years at Deskins Supermarket where she retired as assistant manager and head cashier. In addition to...
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Anthony Lee

May 26, 1956 - August 10, 2011

ANTHONY LEE Anthony Lee, age 55 of Baptist Valley, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Born May 26, 1956 in Buchanan County, Virginia he was the son of Virginia Stiltner Lee of Baptist Valley, Virginia and the late John Lee. He was an employee of Consol Coal Company, Buchanan#1. Anthony enjoyed hunting. He loved his family and friends. In addition to his father he was preceded in...
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